The Amount Of Waste Produced In America Is Put Into Perspective Through These Images

Photographer Chris Jordan explores the vast amount of waste produced by American consumers and presents an eye-opening portrait series of massive graveyards across the country for old, discarded cellphones, cellphone chargers, circuit boards, cigarette butts, and even crushed cars. The photographer admits that while venturing to shipping ports and industrial yards for this series (titled Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption), he has found “evidence of a slow-motion apocalypse in progress.”

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Cell phone chargers, Atlanta (2004) – 44 x 66″

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Circuit boards #2, New Orleans (2005) – 44 x 57″

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Cell phones, Orlando (2004) – 44 x 82″

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E-waste, New Orleans (2005) – 44 x 57″

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Spent bullet casings (2005) – 44 x 82″

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Cigarette butts (2005) – 5 x 10′

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Diodes, New Orleans (2005) – 44×90″

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Glass, Seattle (2004) – 44×56″

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Cell phones #2, Atlanta (2005) – 44 x 90″

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Crushed cars, Tacoma (2004) – 44×62″

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Crushed Cars #2, Tacoma (2004) – 22 x 90″

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Drums, Seattle (2004) – 40×50″

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Pole Yard, Tacoma (2004) – 44×60″

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Circuit boards, Atlanta (2004) – 44 x 64″

As the author himself states:

I am appalled by these scenes, and yet also drawn into them with awe and fascination. The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful; for me its consistent feature is a staggering complexity.

The pervasiveness of our consumerism holds a seductive kind of mob mentality. Collectively we are committing a vast and unsustainable act of taking, but we each are anonymous and no one is in charge or accountable for the consequences. I fear that in this process we are doing irreparable harm to our planet and to our individual spirits.

Source: Intolerable Beauty

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